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Nation Ford High School

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Posted July 15, 2014

Our daughter graduated from Nation Ford High and got accepted to medical programs at multiple top teir schools. She also earned over 19 credits of college credits through AP Classes. I highly recommend this school anyone considering Fort Mill area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

My kids went here for a number of years. We moved from a small town to this district based on it's rave reviews. It seems over the years, the drug issues in this school are increasing. I moved my children out of this district to a smaller district even though the academics don't compare. We are much happier and my kids are getting an education based on academics and have less of the big city influences to deal with. On the plus side, the Principal is amazing, the athletic programs are very successful and the classes offered are exceptional! If NAFO was half it's size and we could just pick it up and move it to a smaller town further away from the city, it would be perfect! We just weren't cut out for this size school district and all that comes with it. If you are used to a big school and city influences, you will likely be thrilled with NAFO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

My son was part of mandatory move from Fort Mill High to Nations Ford very first year when school was build back in 2008. He was doing great in Fort Mill High, but once moved to Nations Ford (11th grade) felt very unhappy and depressed because all his friends were left in Fort Mill High. He became very discouraged and started skipping school. I met with his new teachers and with principal Beverly Bowman few times to ask for help and support in this situation. I was warning them that he is on the verge of dropping out and was asking for help. I did not get any sympathy, understanding or help in this situation from any of the school staff. My son ended up dropping out. This school and specifically principal Beverly Bowman did not want to be bothered with specific child s problems. Our personal tragedy did not mean anything to them. I rate this school very low because if your child ever need special attention or help, this is not the place where he can get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

Compared to schools in the Charlotte district, there is no other real choice. Fort Mill schools are far superior even compared to most private schools in the Charlotte area. And don't wander down to Rock Hill you will be completely disappointed. And Nation Ford being new and fresh is a great example of teachers that care and students that are multi-cultural in an environment where they tend to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

This is a great high school even when compared to private schools! I highly recommend this school to all of my coworkers. SC has excellent schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2010

NaFo is an amazing school!! The students are so diverse, but yet get along. It's a wonderful social atmosphere. This school is also serious about its academics and does a great job in educating its students and preparing them for going into college. Inside, it is light and welcoming. The French program is completely incredible! The teacher really knows how to get her students fluent in the language in a fun way. The band program is also spectacular. It is serious about music, but also builds character. I highly HIGHLY recommend this school to you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2010

Fort Mill is a great school. The facilities are all new. Every classroom has a smartboard and projector. Compare this to Charlotte where your kids are likely to be taught in a trailer due to overcrowding. The teachers have been dedicated. Like any school we like some better than others. The marching band is ranked nationally. They are strict but I believe it keeps the school safe and orderly, We moved from a top district in upstate New York and we could be happier with Nations Ford, Springfield Elementary and Middle. Many nice families who support thier kids in academics and after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Not a great school. Front office staff is very unfriendly, rarely see the principal. Horror stories about drugs,sex and etc going on at the school. Currently looking for a charter school for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2009

My son has done very well at this school. The teachers are wonderful. We are very, very happy with Nation's Ford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

What a disappointment. After spending nearly a year researching schools in the Charlotte area, we were convinced Nation Ford and the Fort Mill School District would be the best public school for an honor student to transfer to in the middle of a high school career. Sadly, however, we have found the administration to lack the willingness to ensure transfer high school students are placed in the right class They make no effort to deal with the individual student and review past performance. In fact, they hold fast to how they 'label' classes and are not willing to take the extra step to see how it compares to the school the student transfers from, preventing the child from achieving levels desired to prepare for a college education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

I do agree the the front office both at the entrance and guidance can use a lot of help in making you feel welcomed. Sometime they are chatting and won't stop to find out if they can be of service. Over all, IT'S A GREAT SCHOOL. The teachers are nice and my child really likes it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

We moved here from Orange county NY, in August, just in time for School to begin. My daughter is a freshman at Nation Ford and is in the band program. We are very happy about the high standards that the school requires from the students. My daughter was amazed that she could ask a question in class and not be laughed at. The school is strict and We are very happy about it. Having come from a school that there was a fight nearly every day, drugs offered to students, constant teasing over what you wore, or whatever,this is a great change. This was a good school not in the city but in the suburbs of NY. I hope that Nation Ford remains the same as it is so thestudents can concentrate on maturing and learning, they are our future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2008

We moved to the Charlotte Metro area last August in a rush to get into the Fort Mill School District. After learning of my transfer I did extensive research into the school systems in the area and Fort Mill led the pack hands down. However, it wasn't until we got here and got the kids into school did the real impact hit. These schools are amazing. My son is a freshman at Nation Ford and not only are the teachers involved and excellent but the discipline and structure is phenomenal and the parental involvement is great. Having grown up in and come from a sub-par education system - I am grateful for this website which led us to Fort Mill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

This is the first year Fort Mill has had 2 high schools so it is definitely a year of transitions. The marching band program is fabulous and enjoys the direction of Martin Dickey. Teachers and programs are great and the principal is very involved. Overall another fantastic Fort Mill educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

I've lived in the Fort Mill school district throughout my daughter's school years. I moved to Fort Mill due to the ' greatest schools' reputation and haven't regretted one day. She's now a junior at Nation's Ford. Although the school just opened in 2007 the staff has done an excellent job with her education and counseling. I don't know any parent who is unhappy with the Fort Mill education system. In general the teachers and staff are extremely conscientious and truly care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

First of all, the school feels like a prison and when you walk in, you are not welcomed. It is hard to find your way around and the halls are barron. The teachers themselves are 'nice,' and my child learns a lot, however, the school makes her feel unwelcome. Overall the teachers are great, the staff is wonderful- but the old Fort Mill was 1 million times better.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
African-American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracial91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabled80%
Not disabled99%
English language learners84%
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant97%

Math

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
African-American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabled74%
Not disabled99%
English language learners84%
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant97%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

429 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 53%
Black 11% 36%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1400 A.O. Jones Blvd
Fort Mill, SC 29715
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